Title: Everything, Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon
My Rating: 4 out of 5
My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster. (via Goodreads)
I received a free Advanced Reader’s Copy thanks to Random House in exchange for an honest review.
This was the most visually entertaining, cute, and touching book I have read in a long time. The last time I read a book with so many illustrations was… I don’t even know when exactly, but it’s been quite a while, I’m sure of that! So the fact that this book had so many made my reading experience really fun and very refreshing. They were so adorable, especially the ones that showed how Maddy writes in her books, the e-mails and chats between her and Olly, and all the diagrams and lists.
I really liked Maddy and how she expressed herself so vividly and honestly. She was a very engaging and fun narrator; I couldn’t help but root for her the entire time. Admittedly, there were moments where I understood where her mother was coming from – she only wanted to protect her daughter as best as she could – but I also felt so empathetic towards Maddy. She was nearly a young adult and it was only a matter of time before she started feeling like a caged bird yearning to take chances and spread her wings, especially when Olly came into the picture.
Besides Maddy, her nurse Carla was my other favorite character! She was just so lovely and understanding and acted more like a loving mother than her actual one, but also was Maddy’s best friend. She loved Maddy like she did her own teenage daughter even though she was only her patient. Carla was all kinds of wonderful.
The romance between Maddy and Olly was sweet and really cute, but felt too perfect. It kind of felt like an insta-love type of situation and just progressed really quickly in terms of their feelings for each other. It didn’t take long for them to say “I love you”. There were also a few inconsistencies and unbelievable moments (how exactly does Maddy acquire a credit card without having a job history/credit score?) that bothered me and kind of took a little away from my reading experience.
Overall, I was very impressed and absolutely adored “Everything, Everything”! A lovely debut novel that’s a quick read, has a sweet romance and heartwarming family moments, but also heartbreak and an unexpected and shocking twist! I would definitely recommend this if you’re looking for a fun, unique, and touching contemporary!
Also, the trailer for the book-to-movie adaptation was just released yesterday! Check it out below!
It looks amazing and looks true to the book so far! I cannot wait to see it! The movie will be out in theaters on May 19, 2017!